The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2013 , Vol 55 , Num 6
A case report of successful relactation
1Family Medicine, Kalecik State Hospital, 2Clinics of Family Medicine, Atatürk Research and Training Hospital, 3Pediatric Dentistry, Atatürk Research and Training Hospital, 4Department of Family Medicine, Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine, and 5Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Sami Ulus Maternity and Children’s Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended from birth until the first six months and then with complementary feeding up to age two. In our country, only 41.6% of infants are exclusively breastfed during the first six months, and the average duration of breastfeeding is 16 months.

The term ‘relactation’ is used for the resumption of breastfeeding in infants who were not breastfed before or who quit suckling due to an illness of the mother or infant, breast problems, rejection of suckling by the infant, insufficient milk production, the mother’s change of mind about breastfeeding, or adoption.

Relactation is a laborious process that requires motivation and trained personnel. In our case, the process of achieving successful relactation in an eight-week-old infant who had not been breastfed before is described. The infant’s young age and mother’s strong motivation led to the success in relactation in this case. Keywords : breastfeeding, relactation.

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